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HEAL Resources for Child Care Providers

HEAL Resources for Childcare Providers

Healthy Eating Active Living Training Resources

The following resources are designed to support childcare providers’ efforts to improve their program’s ability to promote healthy eating and active living.

Learn more about free HEAL trainings for childcare providers

Teaching children to eat a healthy, balanced diet is critical to their development and leads to healthier long-term outcomes. Helping kids love being active is another way to get them off to a great start. Childcare providers are uniquely positioned to influence these behaviors from an early start.

Training Opportunities Online

Maine Health – Let’s Go

  • Eat Right, Grow Strong: Nutrition for Young Children
    Overview of what specific foods should be offered to young children along with how and why these foods should be offered. The goal of this module is to educate childcare providers on how they are helping to shape children’s eating behaviors, and how they can create an environment that promotes and supports healthy eating. (1 hour)
  • Moving Children to Good Health: Physical Activity for Young Children
    Basics of physical activity for young children and the role body movement has in proper development. The goal of this module is to educate childcare providers on the gross motor recommendations for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, as well as the important role child care programs and their staff plays in helping children develop active lifestyles. (1 hour)

Courses are free. Complete post-lesson quiz for certificate.

Institute of Child Nutrition

  • CARE Connection ‐ Serving Nutritious Foods in Child Care
    This course features key information for serving nutritious foods while in child care settings. (2 hours)
  • CARE Connection ‐ Planning Cycle Menus in Child Care
    This course is designed to provide the end user with key practices for planning cycle menus for child care settings. (2 hours)\CARE Connection ‐ Step‐by‐step Menu Planning in Child Care – based on the Grab and Go Lesson: Step-by-Step Menu Planning from the CARE Connection resource for child care providers. Menu planning is an essential task child care providers can adopt to ensure children receive healthful meals that look and taste great. (4 hours)
  • Nutrition 101 4th Ed.
    Basic foundation in nutrition, current dietary guidance, the importance of physical activity in health, and awareness of personal taste preferences and healthful food choices. (8 hours)

Create a user account and log in to register. Interactive online format with pre- and post-course quizzes. Download certificates after completing courses. Free courses.

Penn State Extension

  • Better Kid Care On Demand Modules
    Offering over sixty 1 and 2-hour courses in a variety of topics, including: Childhood Obesity Prevention, Healthy Foods, Healthy Beverages, Physical Activity, Children Can Cook, Food Allergies, Food Safety, Outdoor Play, Family-Style Dining, Picky Eaters, Snack Time, etc. Options for Family Child Care. Some courses available in Spanish. (2 hours)

Course content is open. Course fee of $5/class required to take post assessment and receive certificate.

Child Care Aware

  • From Food to Physical Activity
    Explore the importance of healthy eating, proper nutrition and physical activity in the early childhood setting. The strategies for minimizing the development of childhood obesity issues will be identified. In addition, the topics of responding to and accommodating food allergies in young children will be addressed. (4 hours)

Create a user account and log in to register. Course fee $35.

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Child Health Promotion (CHP) Program

Main: 303-413-7500
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